Introduction: Tackling Uncertainty in the Biobased Economy Through Science
Techno-economic Sustainability Assessment: Methodological Approaches for Biobased Products
About this book
Globally we are being confronted by the depletion of many natural resources as a result of unsustainable use and increasing global population. Although the debate on the bioeconomy has gained momentum in recent decades, the interest in certifications and standards for biobased products is still weak. This book aims to fill this gap by promoting a holistic approach, which covers environmental, social and economic sustainability aspects and pushes forward the development of a circular, biobased economy.
This book promotes the development of sustainability schemes (including standards, labels and certifications) for the assessment of biobased products, which are fundamental to the establishment of a cutting-edge sustainable bioeconomy. Chemical-related, globally relevant case studies are used throughout the book. The content covers a range of issues from upstream and downstream environmental, techno-economic and social assessment, to crosscutting issues such as indirect land use change (iLUC) and end-of-life options. The chapters included in this book will provide a comprehensive review of recent works on life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing (LCC) and social life cycle assessment (s-LCA) methodologies.
An important resource for researchers, industrial professionals and policy makers involved in the bioeconomy.
James Clark is Professor of Chemistry at the University of York, and is Founding Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence and the Bio-renewables Development Centre. He started the award-winning company Starbons Ltd and he is now involved in commercialisation of novel bio-based solvents and new green technologies. He was founding scientific editor of the world-leading journal Green Chemistry. His research has led to numerous awards including Honorary Doctorates from universities in Belgium, Germany and Sweden. He has Visiting Professorships in South Africa and China, and was recently appointed as Chair-Professor at Fudan University. He has published over 500 articles (h index over 72) and written or edited over 20 books He has received numerous awards and distinctions including the 2018 Green Chemistry prize.
Piergiuseppe Morone is Full Professor of Economic Policy at Unitelma Sapienza with a strong interest in green innovation and sustainable development pushing his research at the interface between innovation economics, green chemistry and sustainability transitions, an area of enquiry that has attracted growing attention. His work regularly appears in prestigious innovation and environmental economics journals.
He is coordinator of STAR-ProBio (H2020 research project) aiming at developing sustainability assessment tools for bio-based products.
Piergiuseppe is head of the BiT-RG, a research unit at Unitelma Sapienza involved in research concerning the emergence of a circular and bio-based economy. Piergiuseppe is member of the Editorial Boards of Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (ELSEVIER) and acts as Guest Editor for various journal.